The brand new ATS and XTS may be stealing most of the headlines for Cadillac these days, but we mustn't forget about the more popular CTS – a vehicle that will be entering its third generation when the 2014 model year hits. We've seen spy shots of the new CTS before, but now the heavy cladding has been removed, and despite the eye-jumbling zebra paper, we get a clear look at the CTS' new design.

Perhaps 'new' is too bold of a term. Cadillac certainly isn't walking away from its Art & Science design theme anytime soon (it's worked wonders, after all), and because of that, expect the new, larger CTS to be more of an evolution than a revolution. The prominent Cadillac grille is still large and in charge, though the headlamps appear to be smaller and swept back over the front fenders – sort of like what we see on the ATS. Dimensionally, the CTS is expected to grow in size, allowing for more of a gap between it and the entry-level ATS.

Rumors continue to circulate about what exactly will be found underhood, but the latest reports suggest a pair of new twin-turbocharged engines, likely measuring in at 3.0 and 3.6 liters, placed above the naturally aspirated 3.6-liter V6 currently found in the CTS. Of course, eight-cylinder power will be reserved for the high-performance V variant – a vehicle set to take on the likes of Germany's finest.

Inside, expect a new cabin design to be in the cards, all centered around Cadillac's brand new Cue infotainment system.

Judging by the fact that we're just now seeing the CTS without heavy cladding, don't expect to see the production car make its debut anytime soon. Our best guess is that the new Caddy will show up at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show at the earliest.


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      carfan
      • 2 Years Ago
      i love how my CTS looks, feels, drives and yes smells. As a European i always drove BMWs and MBs, until I bought my fantastic CTS. I do appreciate the above mentioned brands, however the CTS is something I really feel good and happy driving. I hardly wait to test drive the ATS and of course I am very curious about the new CTS. Too bad the American piublic can't appreciate what they have at their fingertips. Buying the beige lexus, the beaky acura and the bloated infinity , all with their horribly boring and nondistinct designs is a CRIME and an insult to the real luxury brands.GOOD JOB CADILLAC
      carguy1701
      • 2 Years Ago
      Those front calipers look pretty beefy. Nice to see GM is using the Brembo connection. As for engines, my guess is GM will have the rumored twin turbo 3.6L as their reply to the V8 5-series, while a smaller 3.0L unit will serve as the answer to the 535i (a turbo 4 could be the base engine).
      Cadillacftw
      • 2 Years Ago
      I can not wait any longer for this car to finally debut. It is going to be amazing and very well could be my next car, when the lease ends on my amazing current 2011 CTS. Cadillac is doing amazing things and is striving to compete with the best of the best.
      SW
      • 2 Years Ago
      I love the new designs of Cadillac. I also love how they went from big, 'whale' like sedans, to classy, more elegant sedans. And I was blown away when they introduced the coupe, and let alone the wagon! Thats the only wagon I've seen from GM since the Caprice (Roadmaster, Custom Cruiser) some 20 years ago now. However, the only peeve I have about the design is the third brake light. I think it is too big for the car, especially the ATS. Howver, with this new design, Cadillac is finally neon out back on the map! Great job!
      pinetree
      • 2 Years Ago
      That's a real nice shape. Very classy.
      mbukukanyau
      • 2 Years Ago
      Cadillac is always the great!!
      bouljf
      • 2 Years Ago
      Although I’m hoping for the twin turbo v6 rumors to be true, I think the CTS would do just fine with the na 3.6. Lexus’ new GS350 seems to receive positive reviews and its v6 is less powerful than the Caddy’s. Same story with the E350 (minus the reviews) and Mercedes sure moves a lot of those. What’s really needed is a good chassis and judging from Cadillac’s pace lately I trust this new CTS will be world class.
      MJC
      • 2 Years Ago
      That thing looks huge! As I suppose it should be to compete with the 5-series, A6, and E-class. Thank goodness we have the ATS as a choice now.
      • 2 Years Ago
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        Ilovecars
        • 2 Years Ago
        June 2012 sales: Lexus GS - 2020, Infiniti M - 815, Acura RL - 32 (not a typo) Cadillac CTS (that debuted in 2007) - 5,046 Care to look up the word "dominate" before posting? By the way, I am not a paid troll. I point out dumb comments for free.
          Justin Campanale
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Ilovecars
          I honestly would take the M and even the new GS-F sport package over the non-V CTS. But I agree that the Japanese with the exception of infinti, is losing it when it comes to luxury cars
          carguy1701
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Ilovecars
          Justin: I'll have to disagree. I drove the new GS a couple month ago and had fun, though I will admit the car i sought out was a RWD F-Sport model with the 4WS. Ilovecars: lol at the RL. I'm surprised how it sells at all, seeing as how Acura never advertises the thing. Still, I'd wager incentives played a part in that CTS number, which isn't surprising given that the current car is nearing the end of its production life.
        design eye
        • 2 Years Ago
        @ theboy shouldn't you be in your tree house?
        tylermars.design
        • 2 Years Ago
        facepalm.
        John
        • 2 Years Ago
        You may want to ACTUALLY read reviews of Cadillac these days!
        • 2 Years Ago
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        Raymond
        • 2 Years Ago
        You republicans are just plain evil I will be so happy the day all of you die out...the world will be a better place.
        wooootles
        • 2 Years Ago
        No one cares about rebadged boremobiles lol
          The_Zachalope
          • 2 Years Ago
          @wooootles
          Justin, The Acura RL is a rebadged Honda Legend. The Infiniti M is a rebadged Nissan Fuga.
          Justin Campanale
          • 2 Years Ago
          @wooootles
          None of the cars he mentioned are rebadged. And I wouldn't call all of them boremobiles. The Infiniti M is a fun to drive entry in this class.
          carguy1701
          • 2 Years Ago
          @wooootles
          The_Zachalope: And your point is...? Acura does not exist in Japan (it is exclusive to North America and China). Infiniti does not exist in Japan either (and probably never will).
          carguy1701
          • 2 Years Ago
          @wooootles
          The_Zachalope: also, funnily enough, Honda of Japan will NOT offer a replacement for the Legend; production is ending soon (if it hasn't already).
      JasonERF
      • 2 Years Ago
      Art & Science is one of the most original, contemporary AND beautiful design languages. I love Cadillac and just hope they maintain their uniqueness because they've worked SO HARD to get to the point where everyone knows a Cadillac when they see it. So, the only thing I'm wondering is if they're moving into swept lines/curves too soon... moving away from the "designed by someone who only had a ruler" look as Clarkson famously said. I thought they were about 1 generation away from perfecting it. Meh, either way, I'm excited to see what they come up with.
      • 2 Years Ago
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        Knox
        • 2 Years Ago
        Then quit wasting your time on Autoblog.
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        Sir Duke
        • 2 Years Ago
        bigtruckseries0: Why don't you trot over to the needlepoint or Betty Crocker forum. Every point/criticism you made is grossly stupid, and bordering on complete ignorance. 1. The XTS is aimed squarely at the 80 million+ "Baby Boomers" that roam these 50 States, plus the whatever they can sell in Canada. 2. The XTS was given/sold to companies that stretch cars for the Limo industry that Ford (Linclon) stupidly walked away from. 3. XTS going forward will become the new mainstay of the executive car fleet. 4. ATS = 3 Series = A4 = C Class = Lexus IS. 2014 CTS = 5 Series = E Class = A6 etc. 5. The Verano is a FWD car, the ATS is RWD (look up FWD and AWD) since you're obviously too stupid to know the difference. The ATS platform will also underpin the next gen Camaro. Maybe you consider that a Verano Coupe? The ATS will be a serious competitor, and quite possibly even a threat to ALL cars in this segment.
        Tone
        • 2 Years Ago
        So, do you think it would be wiser to introduce a brand new tech in 2 new vehicles, and then not have the *brand new* tech in the latest model of your best product? Smart product planning right there. You should be in the industry. Also, if you think the ATS is a "Cadillac'd Verano", you need to just wait to discuss that when you have more information. You won't look as bad then. CTS small enough? When compared to what?
        Adrian
        • 2 Years Ago
        I agree with you on the XTS, but everything else you said is completely off-base since the CTS/ATS sit on a different platform than the XTS. The CTS and ATS are poised to be VERY competent luxury sedans.
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